The 15th-annual Cheers! to Brenner Children’s Hospital, presented by Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Carolinas Realty, was held Friday, Nov. 22nd, 2019, at The Millennium Center in downtown Winston-Salem. More than 400 guests were in attendance to support Brenner Children’s, part of Wake Forest Baptist Health. Over $160,000 was raised at this year’s event for support of the Dale and Karen Sisel Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Brenner Children’s, which recently completed an expansion from an eight-bed, one-room NICU, to 51 private rooms.
Guests enjoyed gourmet food from area restaurants and caterers, Old Fashioneds—the signature cocktail—craft beer, and some array wine varietals. The evening was highlighted by the Battle of the White Coats Cooking Competition, with area chefs Claire Calvin, Travis Myers, and Peyton Smith, teaming with the leadership team from Brenner Children’s, including Dr. Allison McBride, Dr. Tom Pranikoff and Dr. Alisa Starbuck. Attendees had the opportunity to bid on exciting live auction items, participate in a paddle raise, play a ring toss game for prizes, and enjoy the evening with friends!
“The funds raised at Cheers! represent a wonderful way to wrap-up our campaign for the Dale and Karen Sisel Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. The community has demonstrated amazing support for this important project, and we are appreciative of all those who supported us and celebrated with us at this event,” said Lisa Marshall, Vice President and Chief Philanthropy Officer, Office of Philanthropy and Alumni Relations, Wake Forest Baptist Health.